Tour de Suisse: De la Parte 9th in the last stage, 11th overall

Victor de la Parte finished off Tour de Suisse with 9th place in the final stage and 12th in the general standings.

Last stage was initially 117km long, but due to extremely bad weather the organizers decided to shorten the course to only 57km. HC climb Albulapass was left out, but there was still very demanding HC ascent to Fluelapass (HC) on the menu, with 17km to go.

As expected, because of the short distance, the pace was very high right from the gun. Maciej Paterski was among those who were the most aggressive early on, counterattacking from the bunch, behind the 3-man breakaway with Maximilano Richeze (Etixx-Quick Step), Magnus Nielsen (Orica GreenEDGE) and Jesper Stuyven (Trek – Segafredo). Unfortunately CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider was not able to bridge across and returned to the peloton.

The break didn’t stay up front for too long, as they got reeled back in early into the Fluelapass climb. This was also where the bunch was being systematically thinned out. Highest ranked “rider in orange”, Victor de la Parte was not only able to keep up the pace of the strongest, but also attacked himself. He crested the top in 2nd place, only behind the race leader, Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), who reached the summit alone, with some gap over the chasers.

On the wet and slippery descend, which led to the finish, Spaniard lost contact with the leaders, but still managed to finish inside the top 10. He came in 9th and secured 11th place in the final general classification (6:38 behind).

The final stage was won by Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling), who was the fastest from the 7-man group, which included all of the contenders for the GC win. He bested Sergey Chernetski (Katusha) and Ion Izagirre (Mocistar). Lopez arrived in 4th and claimed the overall victory.

CCC Sprandi Polkowice not only took home 11th place in GC and Maciej Paterski’s podium spot in one of the stages, but also 4th in the teams classification.